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Cross of Honor of the German Mother medal

Object | Accession Number: 2001.1.2

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    Cross of Honor of the German Mother medal
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The Mother's Cross was instituted by the Nazi Party in 1938. It was first awarded in 1939 to some 3 million mothers as a propaganda measure to promote National Socialist population policy.
    Date
    commemoration:  1938 December 16
    Geography
    issue: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front, around the swastika, embossed : DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER [THE GERMAN MOTHER]
    Contributor
    Distributor: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Awards
    Category
    Medals
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Cross pattee medal with a black enamel swastika in the center on a white circular field surrounded by raised text. Between the triangular shaped arms is a square sunburst that emanates from the swastika. The arms are blue enamel with a white border. A blue ribbon with white stripes is threaded through a rectangular metal loop on the top of the cross. It is not sewn closed. There is text engraved on the back.
    Materials
    overall : metal, ribbon, enamel paint
    Inscription
    reverse, engraved : 16. / Dezember / 1938 / Adolf Hitler [in cursive]

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The medal was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2001.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-26 08:46:56
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